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Author: http://technology.iafrica.com


Source: http://technology.iafrica.com


Interest: Nearly $1.5-billion was raised for over a million different campaigns around the world last year by 452 different crowd-funding sites, according to a recent industry report from research firm Massolution. That number is expected to grow exponentially once US regulators approve a recently-passed law that allows regular people to buy stock in a startup company using crowd-funding.


Link: http://technology.iafrica.com/news/technology/802372.html

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Author: Curt Woodward


Source: Xconomy.com


Interest: We’ve been hearing about a new investment fund for university spinouts in Washington state for close to two years. Starting today, the W Fund is officially ready to start cutting checks—and it’s already started investigating promising research projects from colleges and government R&D labs around the state. Officials say the $20 million W Fund is expected to invest in 20 or more startups by 2016. And if it’s successful, the W Fund could become a national example for states looking to boost R&D


Link: http://www.xconomy.com/seattle/2012/06/20/20-million-w-fund-focusing-on-research-spinouts-open-for-business/

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Author: Stephanie Reitz


Source: http://today.uconn.edu


Interest: Over the past several weeks, more than a dozen UConn students and newly minted graduates have returned to campus equipped with notebooks, business plans, and entrepreneurial ambitions. As winners and selected runners-up in this year’s inaugural Innovation Quest challenge at UConn, they’re now getting the equivalent of master classes from experts to help them build their businesses.


Link: http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2012/06/from-patenting-inventions-to-persuading-investors-student-entrepreneurs-getting-hands-on-help/

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Author: John Atwood


Source: EDA.gov


Interest: WASHINGTON - The Obama Administration today announced the third round of the i6 Challenge to promote American innovation, foster entrepreneurship, and increase the commercialization of ideas into viable companies. The $6 million competition funds Proof of Concept Centers and creates a network of experts to support innovators and researchers; spur sustainable startups, small businesses, and new ventures; expand access to capital to fuel growth; connect mentors and advisors to entrepreneurs;


Link: http://eda.gov/news/pressreleases/2012/06/12/fy12_i6_ffo.htm

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Author: Business Wire


Source: Business Wire


Interest: Startech Foundation (www.startech1.org) announced today as host of the South Texas Regional Center of Innovation and Commercialization (STRCIC) that it is now accepting applications from innovation startups located in South Texas for funding by the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (ETF).


Link: http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2012/06/12/startech-now-accepting-applications-50m-available-texas-innovation-startups

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Author: David Westenberg


Source: http://www.xconomy.com


Interest: The JOBS Act is probably best-known for creating an “IPO on ramp” intended to reduce the cost and complexity of going public, but the act also contains important benefits for startups that are years away from an IPO, or never plan to go public.


Link: http://www.xconomy.com/boston/2012/06/12/jobs-act-important-benefits-for-startups-not-on-the-ipo-on-ramp/

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Author: http://www.pehub.com


Source: http://www.pehub.com


Interest: Separately, the University of California revealed that it recently made investments in two more Sequoia funds — the 2011 late-stage Sequoia Capital U.S. Growth Fund V and Sequoia U.S. Venture 2010, a $451 million balanced stage fund. It did not disclose the size of the commitments. The LP said last month that it had made a $30 million commitment to the $1.36 billion early stage Sequoia Capital 2010 fund.


Link: http://www.pehub.com/153609/exclusive-sequoia’s-1999-and-2000-funds-outperform-dot-com-peers/

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Author: Ben Freed


Source: http://www.annarbor.com


Interest: The Wolverine Venture Fund joined fellow Ann Arbor-based fund Arboretum Ventures in the Series D round of venture capital funding spearheaded by Abingworth, an international venture capital fund, which raised $25 million for the company. University of Michigan students manage the $5.5 million Wolverine Venture Fund in teams that focus on different industries, with faculty members serving as managing directors. Local and international VC firms serve as advisors.


Link: http://www.annarbor.com/business-review/student-run-wolverine-venture-fund-invests-in-hearing-aid-company-sonitus-medical/

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Author: http://www.laserfocusworld.com


Source: http://www.laserfocusworld.com


Interest: Wilhelm was the keynote speaker at the BioVenture and Innovation Showcase, an annual event that spotlights up-and-coming high-tech startup firms in Southeast Ohio and allows entrepreneurs to network with business experts, venture capitalists and other potential investors.


Link: http://www.laserfocusworld.com/news/2012/06/04/ohio-university-athens-spotlighted-as-entrepreneurial-hot-spot.html

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Author: http://www.utsandiego.com


Source: http://www.utsandiego.com


Interest: At the recent seventh annual Wireless Health Convergence Summit in San Diego, RightCare Solutions was awarded first prize and $100,000 in the first Janssen Connected Care Challenge sponsored by Janssen Healthcare Innovation, a San Diego-based venture that is owned by pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson. The problem that RightCare solves is which patients are most at risk for readmission within 30 days.


Link: http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jun/05/tp-average-startup-evolves-over-time-not-overnight/

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Author: Roger Yu


Source: http://www.sci-tech-today.com


Interest: Crowd funding is an emerging Internet and finance trend, using social media, online networks and payment technologies increasingly strip away legal, psychological and logistical barriers for money solicitations. Sites such as RocketHub call on individuals to pool money via the Internet to support others' business, charitable and creative efforts.


Link: http://www.sci-tech-today.com/news/Need-Startup-Money--Ask-a-Crowd/story.xhtml?story_id=010001806XTI

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Author: Antone Clark


Source: http://www.standard.net


Interest: An emerging tool to foster that opportunity is a mechanism to bring entrepreneurs and potential investors together known as crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is used to describe a collective cooperation, by people who network and pool their money and other resources together. Crowdfunding represents more than capitalism at its best, said Geddes — it represents freedom.


Link: http://www.standard.net/stories/2012/06/01/need-funding-entrepreneurs-call-crowd

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Author: Mahesh Sharma


Source: http://www.theage.com.au


Interest: Crowdfunding website Kickstarter was used to raise $US340,000 for a project to build a pair of HD-video recording glasses, but almost a year on, people who invested in the project have not received their products and the project creators have seemingly disappeared.


Link: http://www.theage.com.au/it-pro/business-it/when-the-crowd-funds-a-flop-what-next-20120529-1zgba.html

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Author: buildings.com


Source: buildings.com


Interest: U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman announced todau in Fayetteville, Arkansas: $11 million in innovative research and technology grants of up to $150,000 to nearly 70 small businesses nationwide.


Link: http://www.buildings.com/News/IndustryNews/tabid/3290/ArticleID/14120/Default.aspx

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Author: Adam Bozzi


Source: Federal Information and News Dispatch, Inc.


Interest: Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced today that six Colorado small businesses were selected to receive Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants of $150,000 by the Department of Energy for projects on power generation from geothermal heat, emissions reduction and increasing fuel efficiency.


Link: http://www.power-eng.com/news/2012/05/25/bennet-announces-1-35-million-in-energy-innovation-grants-to-colorado-small-businesses.html

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Author: http://www.marketwatch.com


Source: http://www.marketwatch.com


Interest: The QED Program will award up to $200,000 to up to four projects. Sixteen projects will receive guidance from market insiders and business advisors who add a commercial development perspective as investigators develop research strategies aligned with private sector interests. To date, QED has committed $2.4 million in awards to a total of 12 projects, leveraging nearly $9 million in private follow-on technology investment to date.


Link: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/qed-proof-of-concept-program-opens-fifth-round-with-new-participants-and-new-special-emphasis-topic-2012-05-21

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Author: Ryan lawler


Source: http://techcrunch.com


Interest: Stanford has been a hotbed of startup activity for decades, and it’s not just the engineering department. It’s student-run organizations like the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES) program. And the group, which has been instrumental in promoting startup activity at the university for the last 15 years, will be awarding $150,000 in prizes to participants from four different funding competitions this Tuesday.


Link: http://techcrunch.com/2012/05/20/stanford-bases-finale/

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Author: Sandy Leander


Source: http://phys.org


Interest: Funding rates reported by the National Institutes of Health for that same time period were at historic lows, 17.4 percent; with funding rates for new investigators, like Crawford, closer to 17 percent through the National Science Foundation. With odds like these, Crawford decided it was time to try something new.


Link: http://phys.org/news/2012-05-scientists-crowd-funding-funds.html

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Author: Nkoyo Iyamba


Source: http://www.ksl.com


Interest: Ask any entrepreneur — when starting a business, capital is crucial. These days, using traditional methods to obtain seed money is not an option for some people. A growing number of entrepreneurs soon will be able to turn to their friends, neighbors, and online communities for "crowd funding."


Link: http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=20511401

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Author: Christina Farr


Source: http://venturebeat.com


Interest: Silicon Valley’s brightest young minds will vie for $150,000 in rewards as part of a full-day entrepreneurial challenge at Stanford University this Tuesday. The Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial Students (BASES), the student-run organization behind the event, has birthed a number of successful companies in its fifteen-year history, notably Kiva, CourseRank and Togetherville. BASES is a hotbed of social entrepreneurship, which is the practice of using business and business process


Link: http://venturebeat.com/2012/05/21/entrepreneur-student-fair-on-steroids-brings-heavy-hitter-vcs-to-stanford/

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